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Excerpt from Meroë, the City of the Ethiopians: Being an Account of a First Season's Excavations on the Site, 1909-1910
This is shown by the common pottery of early times, in which the complete absence of Egyptian inﬂuence is at once important and surprising. It is, therefore, both possible and desirable to publish without delay such results as have been obtained, postponing a fuller discussion of the culture and history until more extensive excavation has supplemented these materials.
Such history of the Ethiopians as may be gleaned from ancient literature or based on our new evidence is treated in the Introductory Chapter by Professor Sayce, who also contributes an account of the decipherment of the Meroitic hieroglyphs, incorporating his own conclusions derived with characteristic rapid insight from his comparative study of texts in the pyramids of Meroe, at Naga, and elsewhere, with those newly found. The Meroitic texts as a whole, however, are discussed at our joint invitation by Mr. F. Ll. Griffith, who saw some of the inscriptions during a visit to the excavations, and re-studied those which were movable during the exhibition held in London. His contribution, in the last chapter of the volume, as well as his copies of the texts, which fill fourteen plates of illustrations, will command the attention of scholars both as an example of method and from the definite results which he has established.
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